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HR Technology Symposium + Showcase (Vancouver)

Date: October 21, 2019
Location: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver


Get interactive with HR technology and learn from those who are leading the industry!

Back by popular demand, the HR Technology Symposium + Showcase will be October 21st in Vancouver.

This hands-on, highly interactive event gets you up close with some of the most revolutionary tech companies who are changing how HR is practiced today, and tomorrow. HR professionals need to have a strong understanding of the products and platforms that are available and, more importantly, know how to incorporate and align them to business strategies.

• Hot button HR Tech-related topics presented by Keynote Speakers
• Try out the latest software and platforms at Demo Kiosks
• Join a guided Demo Crawl
• Hear from industry experts at Tech Talks

Receive up to 6.5 CPD hours for attending this Symposium + Showcase


Monday, October 21, 2019

Time: Registration: 7:45-8:30am; Presentations + Showcase 8:30am-5:00pm; indeed.com Happy Hour 4:00-5:00pm

See Program Agenda here.

Venue: British Columbia Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2W6

Group Rate on accommodation at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver:
For reservations call 604-684-3131 and ask for In-House Reservations (refer to quote block code: CPHR1019 for your discount rate of $229/ night plus applicable taxes based on availability) or hvc.groupreservations@fairmont.com.

CPD Hours: Up to 6.5
Enquiries: Questions about registration or receipt can be directed to pd@cphrbc.ca.

Your registration includes...
• All keynote presentations + tech talks
• Showcase admission
• Door prize draws
• Indeed Happy Hour (plus a complimentary drink ticket)
Registration Deadline

Early Bird
(Sep 30)

(Oct 18)

(After Oct 15)









Student Member




All pricing excludes applicable taxes. HST/GST # 119446714
A full refund, less a $25 processing fee, will be issued for cancellations submitted at least one week prior to an event or workshop. Attendee substitutions are permitted; however, member/non-member rate differences will apply. Please submit cancellation or substitution requests by fax (604-684-3225) or e-mail (pd@cphrbc.ca).
Please note that this policy does not apply to conferences, exams or no-charge registrations. CPHR exam fees are non-refundable if registration is canceled after the registration deadline. Please note our deferral policy.
Thank You Sponsors:
Premium Sponsors

ADP      Indeed      Telus
Deluxe Sponsors

Cegid      Ceridian      Culture Amp      DLGL      Envoy      TalentClick      Ultimate Software      Visier     
Monday, October 21st
7:45 - 8:30 am
8:30 - 9:30 am The Digital HR Function: Past, Present & Future
Paul Rubenstein
Chief People Officer, Visier Inc.
HR Competency:

9:30 - 9:45 am Health Break
9:45 - 10:45 am Technology Adoption Done Right
Aaron Hudson
Division Vice President of Implementation, ADP Canada
HR Competency:
10:45 - 11:00 am Health Break
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Keynote Panel: Transforming HR through Technology
• José Dino, TELUS Employer Solutions
• Josh Berman, Culture Amp
• Kathy Gibson, CPHR, Catchy Consulting Inc.
• Moderator: Sheh Shojaee, CPHR, CPHR BC & Yukon
HR Competency:
12:00 - 5:00 pm Networking Lunch (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
Showcase Opens (12:00 - 5:00pm)
1:00 - 1:15 pm
 1:20 - 1:35 pm
1:40 - 1:55 pm
2:00 - 2:15 pm
Tech Talk #1:
"Global Talent Strategy; Best Practices and Insights for Harnessing International Talent"
• Jeff Reppucci, Envoy

Tech Talk #2:
"Imagine Predicting Success for Every Job Applicant"
• Greg Ford, TalentClick

Tech Talk #3
"The Right First Step"
• Pierre Roy, Cegid

Tech Talk #4:
"The Transformational World of Work"
• Nicole Severin, Ceridian
HR Competency:

3:00 - 4:00 pm Digging Into Data to Create Hiring Strategies That Work
Saeed Sadooghi, Recruitment Evangelist, indeed.com
HR Competency:
4:00 - 5:00 pm indeed.com Happy Hour + Showcase

Program Details

Topic: The Digital HR Function: Past, Present & Future
Presenter: Paul Rubenstein
Session Time: 8:30 - 9:30 am

Organizations have spent billions on HR technology in the pursuit of transformation, yet the desire for strategic impact by HR remains unfulfilled. A new generation of software has arrived with the promise to once again 'disrupt' HR and change everyone’s job. This session helps us understand how to prepare for truly Digital HR, and the impact it has on HR’s jobs, service delivery model and technology spend.

About the presenter:
Paul Rubinstein As a member of Visier’s management board, Paul is responsible for the culture and talent that drives Visier’s innovation and growth. He leads an HR function that acts as a model-of-practice in the use of people analytics.

Over the last 25 years, Paul has consulted at the intersection of talent strategy and business strategy, as well as HR service delivery and technology design. His experience also includes stints in M&A, corporate strategy and outsourcing. Global consulting projects focused on Financial Services, Technology and Transportation and included large-scale HR transformation and technology deployment, global shared services, talent strategy redesign and post-merger integration. His thought leadership has centered on creating ‘commercial’ HR function, change management, spend agility, portfolio talent strategy and HR function design.

Paul most recently served as Visier’s Vice President of Value Engineering where he worked with senior executives and teams from Global 2000 organizations. Prior to Visier, Paul was a partner at Aon Hewitt where he worked the Talent practice and was the GM for the leadership and assessment business. Paul’s experience includes global consulting at Mercer and working in the HR functions of Home Box Office, Scholastic, and Hyatt Hotels.

Topic: Technology Adoption Done Right
Presenter: Aaron Hudson
Session Time: 9:45 - 10:45 am

Implementing new technology for your workplace is always exciting. It can make your organization more productive and appeal to the talent that craves to get their hands on innovative new tools. What’s not exciting is the resistance to change from your people. You’re likely to believe that implementing new technology is the key to a successful strategy and although the right tools can be beneficial, if they’re in the wrong hands it can be detrimental.

In today’s technophile society it’s expected that people have the skillset to quickly adopt to new technology. However, this isn’t always the case, especially when there are so many bells and whistles being released daily. Whether it’s your existing management team or your employees – if they’re not aligned with your vision, the investment you make in implementing a new tool will fall by the wayside.

Your HRIS provider may talk you through the steps you need to take to successfully implement a new system but no one will address the disruption that occurs following a ‘successful’ technology launch. Are you prepared for the resistance to change and the frustration employees will have with incorporating a new tool? If you don’t have a plan on how to increase adoption rates, then this is the session for you.

This technology-oriented but non-technical presentation from Aaron Hudson, Divisional Vice President of Implementation at ADP Canada will highlight the factors that contribute to the adoption of new technology within an organization. You will learn the actionable steps you will need to take to align new technology with your overall strategy. In each case, preparing for this kind of organizational change, whether it’s a big change such as migrating to the cloud, automating your talent process or a smaller scale transition, gaining buy-in and commitment early on from your end-users can make all the difference.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • Actionable steps to take to align new technology with your overall strategy
  • How to gain buy-in and commitment early on from your end-users and leadership team
  • Who to involve and when
  • Best-In-Class Design from the user’s perspective
  • What prevents technology adoption
  • How to improve technology adoption among practitioners
  • How to improve technology adoption among employees
  • Case Study example of a large scale organization who rolled out a perfect implementation
About the presenter:
Aaron Hudson Aaron Hudson is Division Vice-President, Implementation at ADP Canada. In his current role, Aaron is responsible for leading complex HCM implementation projects for businesses of all sizes across the country. Over 18 years with ADP, Aaron has previously held senior leadership positions in client services, program management, business engineering solutions, and technical services. Prior to ADP, Aaron served in leadership roles at Rogers Communications and 724 Solutions. Aaron holds B.A. (Hons.) and B.Ed. degrees from Queen’s University. He lives in Mississauga, Ontario.

Topic: Digging Into Data to Create Hiring Strategies That Work
Presenter: Saeed Sadooghi
Session Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm

With so much information at your fingertips, it can be hard to decide what data to use – and to understand how it affects your hiring strategy. This session will explore how you can leverage data to create hiring strategies that work, and offer practical advice for breaking down the data to glean insights that make your job easier.

In this presentation, you will learn about:
  • How labour market data and performance metrics help drive your recruitment strategy
  • How to use data to identify flaws in your recruitment advertising strategy
  • Strategies that will help improve campaign performance and maximize recruitment ROI
About the presenter:

Saeed SadooghiAs a Recruitment Evangelist for Indeed.com, Saeed brings industry trends and data to Canadian recruiters to help propel their strategies. As a product and platform expert, he consults organizations on how to best leverage Indeed to find the right talent and optimize their recruiting practices and performance. He has over 15 years of experience and has previously held global roles in North America and Asia.